‘We have a terrible relationship’: The Super Switch’s Ben Lyall reveals his emotional breakdown was triggered by girlfriend Christie saying ‘if it wasn’t for the show we wouldn’t be together’
The Super Switch’s Ben Lyall has spoken out following his worrying emotional breakdown on the show.
During Wednesday’s episode, the Wollongong miner, 35, contemplated leaving the experiment due to insecurities about his relationship with girlfriend-of-two-years Christie Cassar.
He told NW magazine that his behaviour stemmed from Christie’s shocking admission that if it wasn’t for the show, they wouldn’t be together.
Struggle: The Super Switch’s Ben Lyall has spoken about his emotional breakdown on the show. Pictured with girlfriend Christie Cassar
‘She said it like six weeks leading into it,’ Ben explained.
‘We were fighting and having a terrible relationship and she said to me, “If we didn’t have this show coming up”… because it was almost like we had something to stay together for.’
He continued: ‘Channel Seven had already locked us in, picked our personalities and how everyone was going to gel, and then we’re there going, “Yeah, nah” [about staying together]. It haunted me for weeks.’
Will he stay or go? Ben is partnered with 27-year-old project manager, Olga Tori (right), on the show – which sees six couples swap partners with complete strangers, while living together in two separate mansions
Ben has been paired with 27-year-old project manager Olga Tori on The Super Switch, which follows six couples as they swap partners with complete strangers.
During Wednesday’s episode, he told Olga he wasn’t coping.
‘I just worry that Christie… I feel like I may not be good enough and I don’t want to get to the end of this and her leave me,’ he said.
‘I’m not overly excited about the rest of the experiment and I’m emotionally drained and emotionally exhausted. I’m struggling with all these demons in my own mind.
Drained: Ben said, ‘I’m not overly excited about the rest of the experiment and I’m emotionally drained and emotionally exhausted. I’m struggling with all these demons in my own mind’
‘I think I’ll just go and change whatever she wants me to change in me.’
Olga was disappointed to see him struggling and told producers: ‘I’m quite upset that Ben thinks he needs to leave the house quite early in the experiment, so I’m hoping that, you know, he changes his mind.’
Before signing up for The Super Switch, Ben had brief appeared on Georgia Love’s season of The Bachelorette in 2016.
Will they last? He told NW magazine this week that his breakdown stemmed from Christie’s shocking admission that if it wasn’t for the show, they wouldn’t be together